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Centre for Teaching and Learning
December, 2016 Newsletter

Learning Technology Environment Renewal Project: Update and Results

The LTE Renewal Project Faculty secondees and student team have been consulting university-wide to capture the pedagogical and functional requirements for our core Learning Technology Environment. These requirements, obtained through surveys, feedback sessions, meetings, and email, are now being used to identify priorities for the evaluation phase and to determine key pedagogical  functions that will be tested in pilot courses that will run during the January 2016 term.

To find out more about the requirements that have been identified and current project activities, visit our website

If you would like additional information, please contact one of your UBC Okanagan colleagues who are seconded to the project, Bowen Hui ( or Andis Klegeris (, or email


Welcome to the new CTL Event and Workshop Registration System!!

In December 2016 the Centre for Teaching and Learning will be converting its event and workshop registration system to "Event Espresso"

Event Espresso continues to allow registrants to sign up for various events and workshops.  Additionally, it also allows registrants to retain a persistent and interactive record of the events they have attended. This is an ideal benefit for those who need these records for their annual reviews and for tenure and promotion.
Registering for Events and Workshops as a User
  1. Navigate to the CTL Website (
  2. Click on the Events and Registration Button (located in the left hand column under Faculty Events and Workshops.
  3. Select the appropriate events from the Events list.
  4. If necessary, login with your CWL id.
  5. Select the "Confirm Registration" option, and information as promoted.
Are you marking multiple choice bubble sheet exams?
The Optical Mark Reader (OMR) station has moved from CTL to the Library, allowing for more flexible access during the daytime, evenings, and weekends.  This is a self-serve workstation for instructors and TAs to use independently; a detailed instruction manual is available.  Time can be reserved in advance at using your Novell ID.  The workstation is located on the second floor of the Library in the northeast corner, near study room LIB 225 and the Bloomberg terminal.
The Library will be open for extended hours during the December exam period.  For library hours, please visit 
Training sessions for TAs will be offered on Thurs Dec 1.  To register, please visit

Grade Centre Drop-In Sessions

Location: SCI 200

- Tues Dec 6, 1:30-3:30 pm
- Wed Dec 8, 2-3 pm
- Tues Dec 13, 1:30-3:30 pm
- Thurs, Dec 15, 10:30-11:30 am
- Mon, Dec 19, 2-3 pm
- Tues Dec 20, 1:30-3:30 pm

These drop in sessions will focus on your individual needs for setting up your Connect grade centre to calculate student grades.  E-learning instructional support specialists can also assist you with formatting your Excel spreadsheet for uploading final grades to FSC (Faculty Service Centre). Please bring your laptop if you have one.
Learn your students’ names. No, really.
Peter Newbury - CTL Director

Peter Newbury (CC-BY)”
I have a thing about learning my students’ names. And it’s not a good thing.

I think I have a fixed mindset when it comes to learning people’s names: I believe I can’t do it. So whenever someone introduces themself, a piece of my brain shuts off for a seconds and the name go in one ear and out the other. That’s really annoying when I can’t call them by name just 5 seconds later! These days, I deliberately “activate” my brain when I’m about to meet someone: Okay, here comes somebody new. Listen for their name. Listen…listen…listen…got it! “Nice to meet you, [insert name here]”

Of course, I ignore all this advice when it comes to students in my classes. I used to teach introductory astronomy with 200-300 students. I mean, c’mon, what am I supposed to do, learn all their names? Bah, forget about it.
A Critical Moment
A few years ago, I was observing a class taught by a graduate student during the Summer term. David was teaching an anthropology class about multiculturalism to about 50 students. His goal was to regularly spark discussion in class, getting students to share their own diverse cultural experiences. At first, David easily called on about half a dozen students by name, most of whom sat near the front of the room. “Uh-oh,” I thought to myself, “he knows the names of the enthusiastic students, potentially excluding the others from the ‘teacher’s pet’ club.” Someone else put up a hand and then David did something that still sticks in my memory: he looked right at the student, said, “Yes…uhhh…” and looked down at his class list with student photos and names, found the right person, “…John*, what would like to add?” [*it wasn’t John, I don’t think. I wasn’t listening. See above.] David made it clear he wanted to learn their names and they saw the effort he was putting into it. Later in the same class, he called on someone at the back of the room, by name, who he remembered had written something about the event they were discussing.
Even though the room was narrow and dark, with the students on one end and David on the other, it felt like a community. They were all learning together. People engaged all over the room, not just the front rows. Wow. I believe that David knowing his students’ names was a critical factor in that success.
From that moment on, I vowed to learn my students’ names. I make an index card for each student using their preferred first name and their photo. Before the Term begins, I study the names, flipping through the cards, inserting the ones I miss back into the stack. It wasn’t that hard for me to learn to the names and faces of my 75 students.

The more I teach, the more I believe my goal is to welcome and support each student and to create opportunities for every one of them to contribute their own strengths and experiences to our learning community. Learning their names doesn’t guarantee I can do that but not knowing their names, in my experience, makes it almost impossible.
If you only have time to invest a few hours preparing for an upcoming course, spend that time creating index cards from your class list and then learning your students’ names. Here at UBC, you can download your class lists (which can include student photos and names) from FSC into an Excel file. When you open the Excel file, you can copy the photos into another file format like PPT or Word.  The return on that investment – on the community in you can create in your classroom, on how you feel about your students, and on your teaching evaluations – will astonish you.

We are excited to announce the call for proposals for the second Learning at Intercultural Intersections Conference to be held at Thompson Rivers University March 7-9.  For details, please visit


We hope to see you all in March!


The LII Planning Committee

Indigenizing the Curriculum
Three-day workshop

Participants will be provided the opportunity to experience aspects of Indigenous culture, traditions, scholarship and learning strategies that can be incorporated into a wide variety of courses and programs.

To register or for more information, please email

January TA Credentialing Seminar
9:00 - 12:00 pm, SCI 331
Please let your TAs know that a new series of qualifying seminars are planned for January 3rd, 4th, and 5th.  Participants are required to attend all three days.

The BC Open Education Team welcomes applications for the 2017- 2018 Open Education Advocacy and Research Fellowships.

Click here for more information
December Events

Monday, December 5, 2016

Just in Time Course Design
9:00 am - 2:30 pm, SCI 331

Faculty are invited to participate in a fast-paced introduction to the process of course design that they can apply on their own or with one-one-oen or team support over the summer.

Register Now
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Term Launch Bootcamp
9:00 am - 12:00 pm, SCI 331
Facilitated by: Heather Hurren, Manager - Academic Development

Participants will examine resources for term start-up including syllabus design, first class success and aligning learning outcomes with assessment pieces.

Register Now

Coming in January

Sessional/Adjunct/Lecturer Orientation to Teaching Session
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
SCI 331
Facilitator: Bill Latta
Adjunct faculty and sessional instructors are invited to participate in this session covering an orientation to the University of British Columbia Okanagan.  This session will be relevant to all adjunct faculty and sessionals who have new or continuing appointments during the 2016/17 academic year.
Topics covered in this session will include:
  1. UBCO – A teaching overview
  2. Your Department and Discipline
  3. Establishing a Rapport with your students
  4. UBCO Resources
    1. Adjunct Faculty Virtual Office
    2. Adjunct Faculty Handbook

Academic Integrity and Working with Turnitin Workshop
Wednesday, January 4, 2016
1:00 – 3:00 pm
SCI 331
Facilitator: Bill Latta

This session will explore issues related to academic integrity. Participants will also learn how Turnitin can be used to check for the originality of assignments that students will submit to you.

Introduction to Classroom Technology
Monday January 9th, 11:30 – 1pm
Room: TBD
Facilitator: Brian Powell, e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist
Facilitator: Sean Smith, Audio Visual Coordinator
UBC’s Okanagan campus has a variety of audio visual (AV) technologies available in its classrooms. These include projection systems, document cameras, and audio systems. During this session, participants will have to opportunity to visit a large lecture theatre equipped with a wide range of AV technologies as well as one of our smaller class with limited technology. A general overview of the available technologies will be provided. Participants can bring their laptops to try connecting to the classroom projection system.

Your CTL Team

Peter Newbury, PhD
SCI 200B
Twitter :@polarisdotca


Vania Chan M.Ed.
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist
SCI 200D
Janine Hirtz,
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

SCI 200E
Heather Hurren, M.Ed.
Manager, Academic Development
SCI 200C

Tricia Lalli, B.A.
CTL, Office and Technical Support Coordinator
SCI 200

Bill Latta, M.Ed. 
Learning instructional Support Specialist
SCI 200

Lynne McPherson
Communication and Teaching Evaluation Coordinator
SCI 265

John Parry, M.Ed. 
Coordinator, Graduate and Teaching Assistant Program
SCI 259

Brian Powell, M.A.
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist
SCI 200

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